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Jigsaw: Escape the Trap at New York Comic Con 2017

Survive the trap.

Jigsaw: Escape the Trap is a virtual reality escape room available at the upcoming New York Comic Con.

The escape room is to promote the eighth film in the SAW franchise – Jigsaw.

The movie summary on IMDB goes: “Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways. All investigations begin to point the finger at deceased killer John Kramer (Jigsaw)”.

Participants who get out of the escape room, will get a free movie ticket to see the new Jigsaw movie.
Jigsaw Escape Room
Date: October 5th – 8th 2017
Address: Javitz Center, 655 W 34th St, New York
Website: http://escape.jigsawsaves.com/


Resident Evil Escape Room: LA, UK – now 2017 Nationwide USA Tour

The Resident Evil franchise is continuing their 20th anniversary celebrations this year, after its escape room had a successful run in Los Angeles, followed by another stint in London two weeks ago. More exciting news has emerged, with the Resident Evil 7: Escape Experience going on a tour of six US cities in the coming weeks.

– San Francisco, Los Angeles: February 8th – March 5th 2017
– Portland, Oregon: February 8th – March 5th 2017
– Boston, Massachusetts: February 22nd – March 19th 2017
– New York, New York City: February 22nd – March 19th 2017
– Austin, Texas: March 8th – April 2nd 2017
– Chicago, Illinois: March 8th – April 2nd 2017

Tickets are $35 USD per person, except for San Francisco and New York where tickets are $40 USD per person instead.


The Immersive London blog has a write up of their recent experience of the Resident Evil escape room when it visited London’s East End. Plenty of spoilers ahead – read it on their blog here.


// Other Escape Room News
Jerudong Park Diamond Heist Mystery – Brunei
The largest escape room event in Brunei” took place from December 16th – 24th 2016. More than 800 people took part in an investigation to discover the thief who stole a diamond from Jerudong Park. Escape room company, Escape Square Gadong collaborated with other businesses for the event.


Escape Rooms used for leadership and recruitment at Wayfair, an online home interior business
The company have created their own version called Escape the Room and use it to train staff –
“Wayfair originally used it as a team building and problem solving activity on leadership ‘away days’. However, given how much fun it was and the changing nature of the skills and the people they are looking for they decided to introduce it as part of their customer service recruitment process.”

– Essa 🙂



Nintendo x SCRAP: Legend of Zelda Escape Game – Defenders of the Triforce comes to USA


Defend the Darkness: Find the Master Sword.

Your adventure begins now.

The upcoming Legend of Zelda escape game involves golden triangles which grant wishes (also known as the Triforce). The Triforce was hidden away until the evil king, Ganondorf stole the artifact for himself and now a darkness is spreading throughout the land known as Hyrule.


Players will be known as Defenders of the Triforce and must find the Master Sword to save the kingdom alongside Princess Zelda. But you don’t need to be a huge Zelda fan to enjoy SCRAP’s newest escape game.

The escape game will have teams of six working towards solving the Triforce mystery under a tight deadline. The event description sounds familiar to traditional SCRAP events – a large space where multiple teams can participate in the event and each team has an assigned table to work at – see their FAQ response below.


“No, this is NOT a traditional escape room (i.e. locked inside a room). It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise. There will be multiple teams in the event space all participating at the same time, and each team will have their own table to work at when not exploring.” – scrapzelda.com

Defenders of the Triforce will visit eight US cities starting on January 31st, visiting San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego before moving to Phoenix, Arizona. Ticket information for Seattle, Houston, Chicago and New York will be released in late January 2017.


Legend of Zelda 2017 Tour Dates
San Francisco: January 31st – February 5th
Los Angeles: February 10th – March 12th
San Diego: February 23th – February 25th
Phoenix: February 15th – February 17th

Info released on Jan 24th 2017 for these US states –
Seattle: TBA
Houston: TBA
Chicago: TBA
New York: TBA




What’s Mr Robot’s Endgame and hacking easter eggs from the tv show #MrRobot


Cyber security engineer by day, vigilante hacker by night.

Elliot Alderson is the lead character in the tv show Mr Robot, an expert at cyber security and dreams of saving the world. He gets persuaded by a person only known as Mr Robot to join fsociety, a small group of elite hackers who are trying to take down a mega-conglomerate called E Corp/Evil Corp.

Season 2 is currently airing on television and the writers of the show have hidden one or two easter eggs in each episode. See an IP address during an episode? Type it into a web browser and see where it goes. For example, appeared in the first episode leading to a fake website that had been set up and there’s a full breakdown for this easter egg here. Another easter egg was a hand drawn QR code, which could be scanned and led to another website.

After each episode of Mr Robot appears on television, keen fans head over to reddit forums /r/mrRobot and /r/argSociety to discuss the latest easter eggs. This Google document lists most of the easter eggs that have appeared so far in the series.

Where do all the easter eggs lead?
Kor Adana, a writer and producer for Mr Robot mentioned in a recent article:

And there is an [final] endgame. In order to get the prize, which Adana says will be available at the end of season two, viewers will have to solve all of the Easter eggs. Even if someone has cracked 90 percent of the codes hidden within Mr. Robot, there is no way to figure out the final egg without completing all of the others. – Vulture

When Mr Robot’s Season 2 ends on September 14th September 21st now, with episode twelve – expect the release of Endgame. What will it take to find the final easter egg?

The world of Mr Robot doesn’t stop there:
Web Game: There’s a 16 bit web-based game called Endgame already on the whoIsMrRobot website. It tests puzzle solving and moral dilemmas across four different levels. If you win a level, you get a certain number of chess pieces that appear on the side of the webpage. Interesting to note, fans have only been able to get 28 out of 32 chess pieces in the game so far.

My current theory is this game is going to lead fans into the release of the final Endgame (in reference to the Vulture article above!).

Mobile App: Fans can get the app called – Mr.Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa – in the Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store for $2.99 USD and over a few days, players get text messages from in-game characters.

The backstory is you found a smart phone near an arcade place, on Coney Island in New York. That phone belongs to Darlene, a hacker who is going to commit a huge cybercrime and the player slowly becomes part of fsociety, the group who want to bring down E-Corp.

Telltale Games, the creators of the game have a behind-the-scenes video of how the game came together on Youtube.

Novel: The companion novel, eps1.91_redwheelbarr0w.txt is a replica of the journal that Elliot records his thoughts in during Season 2. The book contains removable artifacts – parts of a newspaper, an envelope etc. and is released on November 1st. Join the reddit forum – /r/MrRobotRWBook.

What happened when the Season 2 trailer was released?
When Mr Robot’s Season 2 trailer was released, fans saw a phone number scrawled on the side of a cardboard box being labelled as evidence. Calling the number lead to a recorded voicemail and a short online puzzle hunt – here’s the Reddit post which details everything that went down.

In reference to the major hack near the end of Season 1, that happened on 5/09 (9th May) – the first 509 people who got to the end of the puzzle hunt and registered their details received a package from fsociety.

If this was done for the trailer, I’m hoping the release of Endgame at the end of Season 2 is going to be one epic online puzzle hunt.

It’s also been refreshing to see both the recent Gravity Falls ARG and Mr Robot’s current easter egg hunt and just fall down the rabbit hole for a new adventure.

And it shows that people don’t want to only watch entertainment – they want to be pulled into those worlds and play a role within them.

// Other Escape Room News
– The third Great Escape UK unconference will take place in Leeds, England on September 6th from 11am to 7pm. Check out ExExit Games’ post for further details.

Essa 🙂

Driving with Ford in Escape NYC: An Escape the Room Driving Experience #FordEscape


To showcase the 2017 Ford Escape SUV – Ford created an escape room driving experience.

The experience runs from June 23rd to 26th in New York and a thousand free spaces were made available to the public. Once registration opened, all the available times were filled up in less than twenty four hours. There’s still some walk in spots available each day according to Ford’s website.

Teams of up to four people have 30 minutes to get through five different rooms, which showcase a range of the Ford Escape’s features eg. parking assist.

“.. Five rooms: an apartment, a long corridor, an office, a “hip” Brooklyn neighborhood .. and a sandy beach scene. [Also] There’s a drive-up coffee shop along the way …” – Fortune.com

At the beginning of each room, a timer is started and the team has six minutes to complete the room. Upon completing the room the timer is paused, the team hop into a Ford Escape and drive to the next room. The car has been altered to only reach a maximum of 5 miles per hour for safety reasons.

The whole escape room setup takes over 35,000 square foot of space in Moynihan Station within Manhattan in New York City and took the Ford team four whole days to setup.

This event was created by Ford who are targeting millennials with their product – turning a normal test drive into a memorable and fun experience by utilizing concepts from the experience economy.

PCMag also recorded their first hand experience of the event and uploaded it to Youtube:


Essa 🙂

Ghostbusters: Dimension – A Paranormal Encounter from The VOID and Madam Tussauds New York #GBXP


Who are the Ghostbusters gonna call? It could be you – if you’re in New York City this July.

To promote the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, a hyper reality experience from The VOID will open inside Madam Tussad’s New York location.

“You become a Ghostbuster, investigating an apartment filled with ghosts in a three player adventure, where hopefully you won’t destroy New York City.” – The VOID

The VOID is one of those companies in the virtual reality field to keep an eye on and only invited guests (beta testers, media) have had access to trial out their virtual reality offerings so far. It’s going to be the first time The VOID’s experience can be accessed by the public.

The VOID’s tech is based around two parts: physical props/sets and virtual reality software.

For the immersive Ghostbusters experience, participants will be able to roam a physical space and will be equipped with The VOID’s Rapture vest and gun – similar to what a person might wear in laser tag – but with inbuilt haptic features. For the Ghostbusters experience, this turns into a proton pack and gun.

The VOID will also give participants headsets (similar to an Oculus Rift) to wear over their eyes and its how the Ghostbuster’s world will be viewed. Take a tour around Ghostbusters HQ, then head out into the streets of New York to battle ghosts and not destroy the city in the process.

Combined together, it creates one of the most immersive virtual reality experiences out there. The experience starts July 1st and tickets can be bought here.

Over on Twitter, there’s a sneak peak of The VOID team building the physical Ghostbuster set:

And here’s the trailer for the Ghostbusters: Dimension experience.

Essa 🙂

Play Well: The legend of the lost Lego pieces that wash up onshore

According to the stories, a dark storm brewed off the British coastline on the night of February 13th 1997. The Tokio Express was a container ship and on board was several containers of Lego on its way from Rotterdam, Netherlands to New York. That night, a large wave caused 62 containers of Lego to be spilled overboard into the sea.

After a while, pieces of Lego started to wash up on beaches in Cornwall and now the coastline is visited by Lego fans around the world who beachcomb in the hope of finding Lego treasure. Usually after heavy storms, there is a better chance of finding a lost Lego piece.

The most common locations to find Lego pieces are located on the west coastline of the United Kingdom (Perranporth, Pembrokeshire, the Lizard Peninsula to name a few), along with findings on beaches in Wales, Ireland and unconfirmed reports from Florida (USA) and Melbourne (Australia).

black_octopus(Image Credit: Eurobricks.com)

Around 4.8 million pieces of Lego were lost that night, with the most sought out pieces being Octopus’ (4,200 lost pieces) or Dragons (34,000 lost pieces). The most common pieces to find include flippers and daisy flowers. Other Lego pieces that could be found include spear guns, sea grass, cutlasses (and much more!) while the different Lego sets lost ranged in theme from aquatic, police, wild west, robots and pirates.

To keep track of current beach findings, a Facebook page has been set up called Lego Lost At Sea, where residents and visitors post images of Lego items they have found.

Also, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Essa 🙂

Sources: BBC.com (1, 2, 3)

Escape from the Cursed Forest and Escape from the Island Conspiracy: Real Escape Game

Your choice: save the princess from the cursed forest castle or find the conspiracy lurking on the island.

In June – the Real Escape Game team are kickstarting a new game in America that will visit four cities – San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto through the year.

Robert Frost’s poem advises travelers to take the path less taken but what happens at the end of this path? You might get lost in a wild forest that has fallen asleep under a curse. Escape from the Cursed Forest tells the story of a sleeping princess hidden away in a castle and in order to wake her up and get out of the forest – you must attempt to solve the puzzles that no one has solved before. Don’t lose or you’ll be lost in the forest forever with your team of six people.

The first part of the tour starts in San Francisco from June 11th to 20th, with New York’s event following on in July, Toronto in August and back to Los Angeles in September. Tickets cost $27 USD online and $33 USD at the door, with the event running for 1.5 hrs and taking place in San Francisco at 1290 Sutter St, The Regency Center – The Lodge, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Tickets: http://realescapegame.com/ecf/


Do not lose your mission kit, agent.

Otherwise you won’t be able to finish the mission or get to the end of the conspiracy taking place in Singapore. Escape from the Conspiracy is a huge game being organized by the Real Escape Game team that will be played out across the entire island of Singapore.

== Mission Alert ==
1) Find the HQ location of the conspiracy group
2) Get into the conspiracy group’s building
3) Find the password to put an end to the conspiracy group and their plans

Should you choose to accept the mission alert from secret agent headquarters – you’ll become an undercover secret agent that needs to discover and get to the bottom of a conspiracy threat to the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia. Will you discover the conspiracy and stop the threat in time?

The “mission” takes place every Saturday and Sunday of June (starting from June 6th and runs until June 28th), with the starting point of the adventure being the Singapore Art Museum. Tickets cost $27 SGD, with the event running for 3 to 4 hours and the best part?

If you can’t finish your mission on the day, bring back the mission kit to the secret agent headquarters (aka. Singapore Art Museum) and you can try the mission another day for as long as the event runs for. Who knows – you might even bump into another secret agent during the mission to help you out.

Tickets: http://reg-theconspiracy-day1.peatix.com/

**Bonus Find**
Here’s a ticket competition for Escape from the Island Conspiracy which runs until June 4th (two days to go!). Even if you don’t win tickets, all competition entrants will get a 10% discount on tickets.
– Peatix Blog

Essa 🙂



Paper Towns by John Green: A walkthrough of Margo Roth Spiegelman’s puzzle trail and clues


Paper Towns is a term used to describe places and locations that only exist on paper maps. In the early 1900s cartographers wanted to protect the hard work that went into creating maps and so placed fictional towns and even fake streets within the maps they created. When two people disputed over a map – the cartographer could usually prove they had created the map by pointing out the fake towns they had designed into the map.

It’s also the name that belongs to John Green’s book – Paper Towns – that has an upcoming film being released next month. Margo and Quentin have known each other since childhood and are next door neighbors yet they ignore each other at high school. One night Margo appears at Quentin’s window asking for help in enacting her revenge plan on people she thinks have acted in a fake manner towards her. There’s catfish, blue graffiti, flowers, vaseline involved in the plan as they set out to cause mischief. The night ends with Quentin believing things will change between himself and Margo the next day at school.

She never turns up to high school the next day and while her parents are upset – Quentin is even more worried.

 “The clues. The stupid clues. But you can never follow them anywhere, trust me.” – Margo’s mother.

Quentin takes a glance out his bedroom window soon after and spots a poster that appears only when Margo’s window blind is pulled down. It’s an image of a man with a guitar in his hand, a cigarette in his mouth and a tagline: This Machine Kills Fascists. Immediately Quentin’s friend Radar identifies the poster as one of Woody Guthrie, a folksinger. Convinced the poster is an indicator that Margo has left clues behind – Quentin and his friends ask Margo’s sister if they could search her room.

woody guthrieWoody Guthrie

At first the guys look through Margo’s collection of records that are organised alphabetically but there’s no record belonging to Woody Guthrie in the collection. However Quentin flicks through the records and sees an image of Woody Guthrie on the back of a record called Billy Bragg’s Mermaid Avenue.

braggBilly Bragg’s Mermaid Advenue – Backcover

On the backcover of Mermaid Avenue, the first song – Walt Whitman’s Niece – was circled in black pen by Margo. Having no idea who Walt Whitman is, Quentin and Radar do some quick research and discover he’s a poet. A quick search of the room reveals a copy of Walt Whitman’s poetry book – Leaves of Grass.

whitmanWalt Whitman – Leaves of Grass (Penguin Classics First Edition)

In the poetry book, there are plenty of highlighted quotes in blue and a few in green as well. The green sections read:

“Unscrew the locks from the doors!
Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs”

Another friend Ben points out to Quentin perhaps he needs to unscrew the lock from Margo’s door and also remove the door from it’s hinges. The guys then get back into Margo’s house with her sister’s help and unscrew the lock and also the door hinges but there’s no message that awaits them. Thinking again Quentin one night tries to unscrew the hinges off his own bedroom door and there awaits a tiny piece of paper.

 8328 Bartlesville Avenue.

Quentin gathers some friends to drive to the location which turns out to be an abandoned and decaying shopping mall. The team break into the building and discover a few tunnels set into a nearby wall that need to be crawled through. In the next room, its an abandoned office with desks that clutters the room and down in the back corner of the room there’s some white primer paint.

On the wall there’s a message left behind by Margo but it can’t be seen when a flashlight is shone directly on it.



Subsequently after Quentin discovers nine thumbtack holes in a wall – four thumbtacks holes that made up a square shape and five thumbtracks within the square. Remembering he saw something familiar – he and Ben dig through a stack of travel brochures and find – Five Thousand American Cities.

It’s a matter of lining up the brochure with thumbtack holes to the wall that already contains thumbtack holes as well. Most locations aren’t readable except for two: one location in Los Angeles and one in New York. Still there’s not many clues to go on for Quentin so he enters a zipcode for both places in an online program which returns nearby location results.

The location near New York has a page on Agloe which describes it as a paper town and in the edit section, there’s a recent comment:

fyi, whoever Edits this – the Population of agloe
Will actually be One until may 29th at Noon.

Quentin soon realises – Margo is going to leave her location within 24 hours. Desperate to find her – Quentin gets together with his concerned friends and they plan a road trip to get from Orlando, Florida all the way to the town Agloe, New York within the next twenty four hours.

The team make it in time to Margo but she’s unhappy with them all as she didn’t mean to leave a trail of clues for anybody to discover. Margo and Quentin have a final conversation and the book concludes there in Agloe*.

*Agloe was a paper town and only became real because somebody decided to build a general store in that location.

The Paper Towns movie is released on July 24th 2015!

Essa 🙂

Other reading links:
Google takes Agloe off Google Maps

What is Metagrobology, the Mysterious Room moves to New York and Russian Nesting Dolls in an Online Escape Room

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Weekly Room Escape Offers Blog
Real Escape Game’s Brooklyn branch opens this Friday with The Mysterious Room concept that has appeared already in San Francisco and Toronto, Canada. There’s also an upcoming talk from Puzzle Break’s CEO next week – on the opposite side of the country back in San Francisco at Nerd Nite. Also really recommending the moderately difficult Matryoshka online room escape game after playing the game earlier tonight.

New Special Offers
Connecticut, USA:
Escape New Haven are covering some awesome (and free!) online escape room games every week. This week’s recommendation is Matryoshkas, the proper name for Russian nesting dolls. Don’t worry that the webpage has Japanese text, the game is in English.

New York, USA: Escape from the Mysterious Room is moving to Brooklyn in New York City! The Real Escape Game team will open doors to the public on on May 15th.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 5% and 10% discounts available for people at BreakOut Malaysia if you have a CIMB credit card – the promotion runs until 31st of December 2015.

Glasgow, Scotland: Awesome merchandise to be won from The Room Glasgow this week – a mug, t-shirt and various wooden puzzles to be won. Simply share their Facebook page or leave a review on Facebook. Ends soon on May 12th.

San Francisco, USA: Puzzle Break CEO – Nate Martin is having a talk at the upcoming Nerd Nite in San Francisco on May 20th 2015. The talk is called – “(What the hell is) Metagrobology and You: An Interactive Journey through the Past and Future of Puzzles”. If you wanted to know, Metagrobology appears to be the study of puzzles.